With the 2014 Red Sox in a seemingly full-out free fall, the time may have come to start seriously thinking about the future, getting the most worth out of their valuable assets at the trade deadline, and bringing up young players to see what they can do at the major league level.
One young arm, Brandon Workman, will hope to bring the Red Sox to just their third win on this homestand after dropping five of their first seven games since returning to Fenway. Since being added to the Red Sox rotation on May 25, Workman has gone 1-2 with a 4.62 ERA in eight starts, while the team has won just two of the games he has started.
He’s coming off statistically the worst start of his big league career, as he lasted just four innings against the Chicago Cubs on July 2, allowing six runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts. In his past two starts, his season ERA has ballooned from 2.88 to 4.17.
Workman will be starting against the White Sox for the first time on Tuesday; he worked 1 1/3 innings of relief against them on Sept. 1, 2013, allowing one run on two hits. Alexei Ramirez is the only hitter in Tuesday’s White Sox lineup to have a hit against Workman, while Alejandro De Aza reached base on a walk in his one plate appearance. Dayan Viciedo grounded out in his only career at bat against Workman.
Going for the White Sox will be lefthander John Danks, who is 7-6 with a 4.17 ERA in 17 starts in 2014. He was quite effective his last time out, pitching 7 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Angels on July 2, giving up two runs on seven hits with one walk and 10 strikeouts, but did not factor in the decision in an eventual 3-2 White Sox win.
Danks holds a record on 3-6 with a 4.97 ERA in 10 career starts against the Red Sox. The Red Sox will feature a predominantly righthanded lineup against the Chicago southpaw, with Brock Holt, David Ortiz, and Stephen Drew being the only lefthanded hitters in the starting nine.
Mike Napoli has faced Danks the most times of current Red Sox hitters, going 6-for-27 with a walk in his career against Danks. Pedroia has seen Danks 23 times, but is just 3-for-20 with two walks and a sac bunt, while Jonny Gomes in 3-for-13 with a walk.
Ortiz has had the most success off of Danks of any of the Red Sox, going 6-for-20 with two home runs and five RBIs.